What We Carry

What We Carry

A Memoir

eBook - 2020
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"A gorgeous memoir about mothers, daughters, and the tenacity of the love that grows between what is said and what is left unspoken."—Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk If our family stories shape us, what happens when we learn those stories were never true? Who do we become when we shed our illusions about the past? Maya Shanbhag Lang grew up idolizing her brilliant mother, an accomplished physician who immigrated to the United States from India and completed her residency all while raising her children and keeping a traditional Indian home. Maya's mother had always been a source of support—until Maya became a mother herself. Then the parent who had once been so capable and attentive became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable. Struggling to understand this abrupt change while raising her own young child, Maya searches for answers and soon learns that her mother is living with Alzheimer's. Unable to remember or keep track of the stories she once told her daughter—stories about her life in India, why she immigrated, and her experience of motherhood—Maya's mother divulges secrets about her past that force Maya to reexamine their relationship. It becomes clear that Maya never really knew her mother, despite their close bond. Absorbing, moving, and raw, What We Carry is a memoir about mothers and daughters, lies and truths, receiving and giving care, and how we cannot grow up until we fully understand the people who raised us. It is a beautiful examination of the weight we shoulder as women and an exploration of how to finally set our burdens down.
Publisher: 2020
ISBN: 9780525512400
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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writermala
Jul 04, 2020

This book is in three parts and each part defines how Maya Shanbag sees her mother and herself in a different context. She idolizes her mother in the first part and because of this she sees herself failing as a mother when she can't live up to those standards. What happens when she realizes that much of the stories she believed are myths? It is a well-written book and with a lot of heartache. Anything else I say will be a spoiler so I'll just end by saying it's well worth a read.

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